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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

A proud young fisherman displays his catch while a helper beams at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. The refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration in October will coincide with celebrations on scores of refuges for National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15, 2011.

A proud young fisherman displays his catch while a helper beams at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. The refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration in October will coincide with celebrations on scores of refuges for National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15, 2011.

Credit: Nell Baldacchino / USFWS

Scores of refuges will host special Refuge Week events October 9 through 15 to celebrate America’s majestic wildlife heritage. Since Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the Refuge System has become the world’s premier public lands conservation network, encompassing 553 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. See what’s planned at a refuge near you by checking the event calendar listings. Here is a small sampling of Refuge Week events.

Among refuges planning Refuge Week events on Saturday, October 8:

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Live animals, nature walks, demonstrations, butterfly tent at Doeskin Ranch on RR 1174.  Catch and tag Monarch butterflies.

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn how settlers made soap and brooms, smoked meat, and survived in and around the swamp; sample boiled peanuts, soup and biscuits cooked on a wood-burning stove; enjoy bluegrass music and stories, and join in wheelbarrow races at Okefenokee Festival and historic Chesser Island Homestead Open House.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore bird walks and refuge tours at the base of Mt. Adams.

 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join in a day of volunteer work on the tallgrass prairie.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join a morning 5K Run/Walk on the auto tour route.

9 a.m. to noon
Native Planting Day. Meet at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. Volunteers under age 18 must bring signed parent consent forms, available from volunteer@trnerr.org or 619-575-3613 x 330.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Theodore Roosevelt” By Land. Enjoy an open-air wagon ride, guided nature hikes, and TR programs at the visitor center at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Among refuges planning Refuge Week events on Sunday, October 9:

7 a.m. to dark
Take part in “The Big Sit!” * bird count to identify birds.

7 a.m. to dark
Attend “The Big Sit!” * bird count to identify birds.

Dawn to dusk
Attend “The Big Sit!” * bird count to identify birds.

Hours to be announced
“Theodore Roosevelt” By Water. Enjoy a narrated tour on the Georgia Queen Riverboat up the Savannah River to the refuge. Reservations needed. Cruise only: $24.25 adult; $14.30 children 4-12. Cruise + lunch (reserve by October 9): $42.95 adult; $24.50 children 4-12. Reserve:  River Street Riverboat Company, 800-786-6404.

Among refuges planning Refuge Week events on Saturday, October 15:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wildlife Festival. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Refuge. Enjoy live animals, kids’ crafts, tram tours and behind-the-scenes tours of the areas where endangered whooping cranes are bred and sea ducks are raised and studied.

Hours to be announced
Waterfowl Weekend. Enjoy nature art and demonstrations by the Delaware Valley Decoy Collectors and Carvers Club. Meet winners of the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Annual Fall Celebration. Enjoy canoeing, guided nature walks, a wildlife challenge trail, nature crafts, mystery geocaching, live native wildlife, and more.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Family Fun day. Enjoy hunting and fishing demonstrations, pier and wade Fishing, bike rides, kayaking and guided tours, wildlife talks and more.

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